Celebrate Australia Day by visiting a heritage property. See the home created by the Australian born children of nineteenth century migrants. Newcastle born Herbert Porter and his wife Florence (nee Jolley) from the Singleton area, raised a family in Newcastle West. Their freestanding Edwardian home is now a National Trust museum containing a century of household memorabilia including many which reflect their interest in the local area and all things Australian.
Florence and her daughters Ella and Hazel were excellent craftswomen. Their crochet, embroidery and stencil work included many native motifs while images of kookaburras, kangaroos and wattle adorn commercial brooches, matchboxes and tea towels. They also collected news clippings, photographs and postcards illustrating local events and there is a large group of Eureka Stockade film memorabilia. The 1939 epic staring Chips Rafferty was filmed near Florence Porter’s childhood home and a location visit was an exciting excursion. The Miss Porter’s House collection contains photos of the Porter women and their relatives exploring the film set.
Spend the day reliving early twentieth century Australia.
Miss Porter’s House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West
Saturday 26th January 1pm – 4pm
Adults $10, Concessions $8, Family $25, children under 5 free
Enquiries 4927 0202